Duvel | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 fl. oz. Bottle
"Best Before" February 2017 (Printed on the label)
Reviewed on August 6th, 2015
Served in a Tulip Glass

Poured a pale yellow body. Cloudy and bubbly. A towering bright white head formed and slowly collapsed, leaving plenty of frothy lace behind.

Bright notes of apple and pear were followed by thicker notes of banana. A spicy layer of yeast served as a backbone for this brew.

Sweet notes of apple and pear instantly collided with sharp notes of hops. Sweeter notes prevailed, almost taking a juicy turn. Clean notes of alcohol flared up, finishing semi/dry. Peppery notes from the yeast lingered in the finish. Incredibly crisp. Medium-bodied. High carbonation.

One of the best beers I have had the privilege of drinking. One of my highest recommendations.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I wanted to pour this into the Duvel tulip, but I don't have one. Eh, well, I did pour it into a tulip, so here's the rest.
The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color with a one finger foamy white head that dissipated and left a clingy foaminess glazing around the sides of the glass.
The smell started off with sweet to spicy apples, pears, light bananas and a light amount of Belgian sugars. Some clove lightly embeds itself into the mix of things.
The taste was mainly sweet, light biscuity to bready (semi-yeasty tones) slide through to balance and then has a little kick of the clove in the backseat. There's a sticky sweet aftertaste leading into a semi-dry sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a medium on the body with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light and construes a nice sweet apple feel running over my tongue.
Overall, for its entirety, it's a stellar brew and should be on the list of Belgian fans if you haven't had this yet!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a cloudy pale yellow. It smell yeasty and bright. The hops seem to be a bit fruity smelling. Decent carbonation and a yeasty tart flavor that tastes a bit like ripe bananas for a moment then turns bitter from the hops. The taste does a great job of hiding the 8.5% alcohol. All around easy drinking beer that could get you in trouble on a hot day.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw/golden color. Thick fluffy head with nice sticky lacing as it drinks down. Pungent smell typical of Belgian pales. Medium body with good carbonation and easy drinkability. Very enjoyable beer for the style

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a decent 1-inch thick white head with fades to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace. Yeasty and floral with some faint spice notes. Overall solid.

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Photo of danh53
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Great looking light yellow body with white, foamy head. Aroma is very yeasty with banana and bread. Taste is quite complex with white grape, lemon, clove, and earthy herbal notes combining with the yeasty banana apparent in the aroma. The mouth feel was light with tingly carbonation, but something seemed slightly dull about it like when hops die off in an old IPA. I'd like to try it again to see if I just got a bad pour. Overall, this has some really nice qualities but seemed a little stale at times.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.87/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll be honest. I know it's considered the defining beer of the style, but I've just never cared that much for Duvel. It's the light lager of Belgian ales, even down to that lightly sulfury aroma. It's clear and pretty with a billowing head, high carbonation and light body, little flavor but a slightly sweet graininess. An easy drinking 8.5% but so boring. If I'm going to have this much alcohol, I'd prefer to get flavor along with it.

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Photo of M_chav
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Almost a clear golden pour, really pretty
Smells of Belgian yeast but clean and crisp
Tastes clean and crisp like lemons and bread. No much past this.
Mouthfeel is light-medium. Can't tell if it's closer to an imperial Pilsner or a full bodied light lager
Overall a simple beer, maybe that's why people enjoy this beer. I need more depth, and flavor this seems to be nice and clean but not too much more than that

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Photo of B1gears
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful golden color. Huge white head that seems to last an impossibly long time -- the first and last sips are both foam. Clean and crisp with a subtle fruit, grapefruit and maybe pear, flavor. Very well-carbonated. Dry finish. Beer just doesn't get better than this.

I love this beer and I'm not generally a fan of Belgian beers.

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Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a snifter. Beautiful golden color with bright white fluffy head. Aromas of banana, yeast. some grape and sweet malt. Tasted complex with clove, banana, spice and bread. Really nice. Great dry finish.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty good color but too much carbonation. The aroma tells the tale of what it was suppose to taste. Nice beer, but didn't fall in love with it.

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Photo of Dikfour
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Big billowing head is retained for a fair amount of time, leaving beautiful lacing. Opaque and pale gold in color. Active carbonation.

Smell: Bright tropical fruits and grape and slight banana esters. A little baking spice and some bready malts.

Taste: Pretty vinous. big bready malts. Some of the lighter and brighter cooking spices. Candied melon. Little bitter kick on the way down.

Feel: Little bit of heat from the alcohol forming on the gums and front of the tongue. Super dry finish. Pretty big body to boot.

Overall: This one is the deservedly the tentpole by which this style is measured. A beautiful and complex beer.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into Duvel's tulip. I am feeling lucky I tried this one after several saisons. Duvel shares many characters with saisons, but more intense and complex, which in my opinion, on the good path.
It also costs effectively here, very good beer in the summer.

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Photo of LisaLisa73
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I went to Belgium before I realized there was more to life than Miller products! I know, I must go back! But Duvel is a very clear, bright yellow pale ale. The dominating smells for me were sweet grapes, and yeast. It tastes like a strong pale ale should, with a grape bite. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a sizzling carbonation on your tongue. Overall, it is a very good pale ale that hides the higher alcohol content well. I wish I had a few seedless grapes to go with this beauty!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a chalice, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, straw yellow coloring with a tall, fluffy, light, big bubbled, bright white head that loosely clings to the glass. Aromas of toasted grains, a spice blend of clove, all spice, grains of paradise, and nutmeg, a bready backbone, and some fruity notes, including banana, berries, and white grapes. There is also a subtle hops bitterness at the end, too. Tremendously balanced and layered aromas. Flavors are crisp and sweet forward, heavy on the fruit notes, with grape must, lemon, orange rind, and banana all making an appearance. The spice blend follows, with notes of clove, nutmeg, all spice, grains of paradise, cardamom, and pepper. All of this flavor convenes on a bready backbone. The body is full, but kept light by carbonation. The aftertaste is more bready, with the citrus fruits taking up most of the sweetness, and the spices still providing a healthy hand. The finish is smooth, effervesced, and slow, with a subtle fruit and spice linger. Great beer.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got sloppy drunk on this @the pub inside the Monte Carlo Las Vegas. I pissed my pants and woke up at 3am on Kovel street behind the Flamingo minus my wallet of course! !! Vegas baby! Vegas! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and or gets posted in a Duvel review. ♤♡♢♧ chaaa-ching!!$$$$$$$$

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Photo of MFgerm
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I knew this was a top 3 beer for me the first sip i took. its a slightly cloudy light golden color. its very fizzy. so a slow pour stopping in between for a second is recommended. when making a quick description i tell people its kinda like the prosecco of beer. its fizzy and has a nice fruitiness to it. lemon and grapefruit come through. its light medium body. beer. its refreshing has an almost clean after taste . you keep a slight hop and citrus taste. this beer would be my number 1 but i have noticed that some periods of time its a lot bitter then usual. so the brewery may be a bit inconsistent . i've noticed a lot more bitterness when drinking it out of the larger bottles. Good stuff. i obviously recommend this beer

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden from the tap at McNellie's OKC. Two fingers of tiny bubbles quickly reduce to the edges. Smells of crisp apples, grapes and Belgian esters. The banana is light on the tongue, with cloves and plenty of coriander. The mouth is light, crisp and refreshing. A quality Belgian pale.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best before 12/2016, pour unhurriedly. It's been a few years since I had this, so it was definitely overdue for a review.
A - pale golden ale with a towering white head tha holds amazing retention leaving thick lacing down the glass as it slowly fades
S - straw, lemongrass, spicy yeast, faint bubblegum
T - spicy & fruity Belgian yeast, lemongrass, quite sweet
M - effervescent medium body, finishes dry with a slight bitterness
O - better than I remember, but for some reason I'm still not crazy over it. I'll gladly drink it again if the opportunity arises, but I don't see myself seeking it out any time soon.

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Photo of classixIII
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful light gold. Thick luxurouis head that lasts forever and lacing stays forever. Non stop bubbles, very high carbonation. Aroma very faint but pleasant yeast and earthy. Fruits, bread and some spice, dry. Some bitter at the end and hint of alcohol. Great brew!

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Photo of kitch
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle dated best before November 2015 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with maybe just under a two finger creamy white head that dissipated slowly leaving nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Main aromas of citrus lemon and banana with slight funk followed by some lighter grassy and flowery smells.

Taste: Starts with bitter, tart and slightly sour citrus lemon, pear and apple followed by banana and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Overall this was not a bad beer. But if I was to compare to others in this style, off the top of my head I do prefer both Delirium Tremens and La Chouffe before Duvel and unfortunately for Duvel, both of them are as widely available in Hong Kong.

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Photo of OntheLambic
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours beautifully golden and crystal clear with a foamy white head.

S - Lots of fruity esters and spicy phenols, apple, pear, white grape, grass, hint of bubble gum and clove.

T - Prickly on the tongue, with apple, pear, white grapes, cracker, grassy, earthy/floral hops. Finishes crisp and dry.

O - A great representation of the style, just a wonderful beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow color with with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing is excellent. There is quite a bit of carbonation. Has a Belgian yeast aroma. Some banana esters detected. Very smooth taste. Somewhat bready with a little spiciness and banana aftertaste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Hides the 8.5% very well.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-alot of white foam but it holds well and looks good
- smell is citrus and hop full, light yeast and some earthy tones
- taste is mellow hops some citrus and a good mellow yeast note
- tastes slightly watered down to me but was a great drink
- overall what a strong pale ale should taste like but would like more across the flavor board

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Photo of KatieS5643
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is gold in color, and has lots of foam when poured. It has a light spring smell to it, with hints of lemon and grass scents. It has a spice and fruity taste, its a good combination.

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Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.